The idea for ebrary was spawned in 1988 when co-founder Christopher Warnock was unable to find the information he needed in a local library to build a recumbent bicycle: Engineering books were in the basement, books on bikes in general were on the third floor, and periodicals were on the fourth floor in microfiche. Additionally, Christopher had to check back and forth for relevant information between the library’s OPAC and card catalog, which was time consuming and inefficient.
In 1998, Christopher discussed this problem with high school friend Kevin Sayar, and together they decided to address it. The two believed that books and other information should be available online to meet the growing needs of libraries, researchers, and publishers in the Internet era.
ebrary was founded by Christopher and Kevin in 1999.
An industry pioneer, ebrary has since grown into a leading e-book provider to libraries and researchers worldwide.
ebrary was acquired by ProQuest in January 2011.